Hey there! Pelin here.
I am a writer, storytelling consultant and mentor. My belief in the power of stories to transform us and the world lies at the heart of all I do.
Stories are all about creating meaning. They tell us what a good human life looks like.
I honed my storytelling craft in the best possible places — as a writer for publications such as TIME magazine and The Independent and as co-founder of a popular independent film festival and a Sundance Institute-affiliated screenwriting lab for filmmakers. I’ve witnessed first-hand how good stories bring people closer together.
Outwardly I was very successful. Inside, I struggled with chronic anxiety. Like all good heroines, I went on a quest that led me to Buddhism and meditation, traditional healers in the remote Amazon, systemic constellations training and a solo pilgrimage across Spain. I lost a country to authoritarianism, gained a new one and eventually found joy as a storyteller and coach.
I teach storytelling at institutions across Europe such as The School of Life, The International School of Storytelling and Escape the City, where I’m also lead faculty. I’m a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader, a mentor for RESPOND startup accelerator and PLACE, supporting migrant-led innovation in Europe. I also work with talented filmmakers on their scripts.
I love working with entrepreneurs, professionals, artists, leaders and creatives. Essentially anyone who wants to live with a deeper sense of purpose and creativity.